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So what’s all the fuss about when it comes to pre-wedding/engagement photo shoots? Why do photographers recommend you have one?
When you book a wedding with me, you receive a complimentary engagement shoot and I often get asked if you ‘have’ to have one, usually by couples who don’t like being in front of the camera too much. I completely understand this and I will never make a couple have a photo shoot, but I feel you should know the benefits first.

Firstly, even if you never look at the photos again, it is worth it! The confidence you gain in preparation for your wedding day is amazing – you’ll not only get the chance to be properly in front of the camera (maybe for the first time?), but you’ll also get to know how your photographer likes to pose you. Posing in front of the camera might not come naturally but at least you won’t need to be nervous about it before the wedding, because you’ll know exactly what to expect.

It’s also a good opportunity to have a really informal chat with your photographer – I usually do my photo shoots in a park/woods/farm, which involves a little walk – perfect for getting to know each other and chatting about random things, not just the wedding. This can be so, so helpful because when it then comes to your wedding day, you’ll feel like old friends and this really helps to make the atmosphere a whole lot more relaxed.

And on top of that, you get some great images (hopefully, anyway!). I really like the images that come from pre-wedding photo shoots – not many couples have ever had a photo shoot of just them before. The images you get from your photographer will be high resolution and hopefully, you’ll be given a nice selection of posed/unposed at different locations from your walk. Obviously, wedding photos are lovely but you’re in wedding attire, so it’s nice to have some ‘normal’ decent photos of the two of you as well.

And last but not least, you get to try out your photographer and see whether they’re what you want. It’s a great idea to book a photoshoot with the photographer you’re considering booking for your wedding before you actually commit, because you can get to know them to see whether you’re going to get along well. There’s also the very major factor of ensuring you like their style of taking photos as well as the finished product.

Remember, wedding photography is about a lot more than simply finding someone who is great with a camera. You need someone who you get along with well, who has confidence when telling you how to pose and whose style of images you love. All of this you can find out from a pre-wedding / engagement shoot.

Message me if you have any more questions about pre-wedding shoots, or if you’d like a blog/video on another subject.